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The family of a man at the centre of a murder investigation in Southampton has paid tribute to their loved one.
We were called to an address in Warburton Road, Thornhill, at 1.08am on Saturday morning.
Mark Noke, 64, who lived at the address, was found inside with a stab wound to his chest and was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Officers have since arrested three men on suspicion of murder, who remain in custody at this time while enquiries continue.
Since his death, Mark’s family has been supported by specialist officers.
Paying tribute to Mark, they said: “Mark was a kind and loving member of our family who also touched the lives of so many others with his warmth, kindness, and generosity. He was a devoted, loving father who was committed to caring for his son.
“Mark’s passing has left a void that will be deeply felt, not just by his family but by all who knew him.
“Mark had a gift for making people feel seen and heard. He had a ready smile, a listening ear, and a compassionate heart that drew people to him.
“Wherever Mark was, whatever he was doing, he would always find time to help others and would be the first to offer encouragement and enthusiastic support without expecting anything in return.”
His family went on to say: “We are devastated by this senseless, cowardly and murderous act.
“Our love for you is eternal, unfaltering, yet we could not protect you from evil.
“Our hearts shattered, our sorrow profound.”
Superintendent Philip Lamb said: “This has been an involved investigation and we still have a large team in place who continue to follow up multiple lines of enquiry.
“We have set up a mobile police station in Warburton Road and have more officers on patrol, so if you live in the local area and have any concerns we are more than happy to speak with you about these.
“Our appeal for witnesses, footage or any further information continues so please get in touch with us. Your call could lead to justice for Mark and his family.”
Call 101 or report via our website quoting Operation Hibiscus or the crime reference number 44230077698.
You can also send us information including CCTV footage online by going to https://mipp.police.uk/operation/44HC23W01-PO1 quoting the same reference number.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org